Toronto Marlies vs. Texas Stars: Game 2 Preview

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Photo Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars

The Toronto Marlies rode Drew MacIntyre and some opportunistic scoring to a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final opener on Friday. It was a big win to grab no matter how perfectly it was executed, as the Stars hadn’t lost at home in the playoffs before the Marlies’ handed them a somewhat deceiving 5-1 defeat.

Playing more of their north-south game through neutral ice and generating offensive zone time on the cycle at even strength will have been a focus for Steve Spott’s team going into game two.

“There wasn’t a whole lot to like in terms of structure. We got off our game plan a little bit, we were opportunistic and found a way to win the game but we have to be better in all three zones. We’ve prided ourselves this year on playing the game the right way. We got into a track meet, that’s not what we want to get into.”
– Steve Spott

The Marlies still haven’t trailed for a second in these playoffs and have jumped out into early leads in almost every game. Their mere 12 goals against in the playoffs is remarkable –a testament to their commitment and sacrifice in clogging up the middle, out-of-his-mind goaltending from MacIntyre, and a penalty kill that is rolling at the right time — and their 35 goals for in 8 games equally so — there have been contributions from all over the lineup, as the Marlies have ten players with at least 6 points in 8 games, and their powerplay has found a higher gear in the playoffs.

The Baby Buds look to make it 9-0 in these playoffs and bring a commanding 2-0 series lead back to the Ricoh.

Brad Ross is expected to draw into his fourth playoff game tonight as Spott has been working a rotation on the fourth line wing.

Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m. EST.

  • ShiftyD

    Let’s Go Marlies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Loric76

    ShiftyD I think we’re blacklisting this thread.  Been up for a while and being completely ignored

  • Bruffins

    GO MARLIES/JAYS GO!

  • RandomScrub

    Bruffins GO MARLIES/JAYS/KINGS GO!* FTFY.

  • ShiftyD

    Loric76 ShiftyD  OHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I just jumped on the computer and came to the site and saw this one.

  • RandomScrub

    ShiftyD Loric76 All the hot action is in the other thread.

  • ShiftyD

    RandomScrub ShiftyD Loric76 Marlies game starts in 8 minutes

  • Jmessih

    https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs/status/471020738083033088
    Matt Finn and Antoine Bibeau were named to the https://twitter.com/MCMemorialCup All-Star Team: http://t.co/lsMO8fghzM https://twitter.com/hashtag/TMLtalk?src=hash https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash

  • RandomScrub

    5-2 Jays.

  • Loric76

    ShiftyD Loric76 I did the same thing but where there weren’t any posts here I checked the last one.  Watched both threads for a while, everybody was on the other one.

  • Loric76

    CanuckUKinToronto just play it safe and skip the undies altogether

  • wiski

    RandomScrub against the dreaded rays to boot 😉

  • Xxxxxnew

    Something tells me draft day will be more active this year for some reason.

  • ShiftyD

    Loric76 ShiftyD   I think there is only about 4 of us anyway LOL

  • skippysleafs

    link o marlies guys

  • RandomScrub

    skippysleafs http://goatd.net/52560/watch-toronto-marlies-vs-texas-stars

  • mike_84

    Raspberry beer is not good. Its all i got in the house before you get on me for that and its in the house cause the wife had her university frineds over

  • ShiftyD

    Xxxxxnew Seems like plenty of teams wanting to make changes this year

  • Bruffins

    mike_84
    sure………

  • skippysleafs

    RandomScrub skippysleafs thanx, I havent had cable in years canuck

  • phaneufoundlander

    Set the Beaver free lol

  • mike_84

    Bruffins mike_84 yep and now we have an alchy ban on the house unless we are entertaining

  • BrandonCheema

    Xxxxxnew read somewere there is going to be a ton of movement , couple big names available too aswell

  • mike_84

    Just caught the dog chewing her nasty dog treat on the bed.

  • Loric76

    mike_84 Bruffins you’re entertaining the Marlies game

  • Loric76

    CanuckUKinToronto mike_84 we still talking about the dog?

  • RandomScrub

    FFFF Hutchison… 5-4 Jays.

  • mike_84

    CanuckUKinToronto mike_84 i don’t know it was a piece of pizzle

  • BrandonCheema

    Go marlies Go!

  • mike_84

    CanuckUKinToronto Loric76 mike_84 i’d be impressed

  • wiski

    RandomScrub These guys are the arch nemesis

  • RandomScrub

    wiski RandomScrub Doesn’t help that the ump is being a mfer.

  • RandomScrub

    Look at Uncle Drew’s numbers there. Damn son.

  • BrandonCheema

    RandomScrub 1.49 gaa 955 % 2 shutouts geeeez

  • RandomScrub

    Get Hutchison out of here. This mfer. 5-5 tie game.

  • ShiftyD

    CanuckUKinToronto Guy has been unreal

  • ShiftyD

    Ugggggggggggh cheesy graphics are back on the Marlies broadcast

  • RandomScrub

    ShiftyD Gotta use that ice girl budget somewhere.

  • ShiftyD

    RandomScrub ShiftyD uhhhhhhh……………how about on ice girls? LOL

  • Bruffins

    Robocop looking good

  • wiski

    ShiftyD RandomScrub 5 dalla beers 😉

  • RandomScrub

    ShiftyD RandomScrub That’s too normal. Gotta be different.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    ShiftyD Got the TV volume boosted right up just to hear, when I switch over to the NHL game the critters are going to hit the ceiling. #LeafsTVsucks

  • mike_84

    MArlies looking sloppy.Hoping its just the bad ice

  • BrandonCheema

    who are the scratches?

  • mike_84

    BULLSHIT!!! weak ass tripping call

  • mike_84

    These graphics are painful on the eyes

  • ShiftyD

    mike_84   damn right they are. Last game they dragged on too long as well. Missed parts of the gameplay because the damn things were still going on

  • ShiftyD

    ingy56 ShiftyD   I think the graphics are from the Texas side of things. Frickin awful

  • Optimustic

    Go Marshall